Fitness & Recreation

Fit for Survival 2The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend 150 minutes per week, or 30 minutes five times per week, of moderate-intensity exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity exercise to decrease the recurrence risk of cancer, and to improve overall cancer survival.

Fit for Survival

Shaw's exercise physiologists conduct fitness assessments and develop customized exercise programs that meet each individual's needs and goals to get "Fit for Survival." Participants in the program are instructed in aerobic conditioning, strength training, balance, and flexibility to increase fitness and overall well-being. The Fit for Survival gym sees an average of 106 patient visits per month for both individualized exercise and group "boot camps." In addition, the program offers yoga, Pilates, and tai chi, as well as group hikes, snowshoes and ski days in Eagle & Summit Counties.

For more information on Fit for Survival or the Spirit of Survival comprehensive wellness program, please call (970) 569-7493 or toll free at (866) 569-7429, or email the Spirit of Survival coordinator, Sarah Giovagnoli at Visit our events calendar for a schedule of Fit for Survival classes.

Online Resources

We encourage you to visit the following websites for information on the benefits of exercise, reducing your cancer risk, and promoting a better quality of life after cancer.

American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute
Cancer Support Community


Take advantage of one FREE yoga class at each of our partnering yoga studios in Summit County: Summit Hot Yoga and Meta Yoga Studio. In addition, the studios will offer 30% off an initial unlimited monthly pass or 30% off an initial five or 10 class punch card for patients in or just finishing treatment at Shaw. Classes are geared towards all ability levels. Please contact Margaret Brammer at or (970) 569-7606 for a complimentary yoga pass for each studio.